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My oldest granddaughter (now 24) dubbed me "Ooma the wise and wonderful" many years ago during a viewing of "The Wizard of OZ". It stuck, and now my 7 other grandkids are convinced that I am a repository of magic, knowledge, and somehow vitally useful information -- I must admit I haven't done very much to discourage that view.

During the past 25 years (post-menopause) I put on 60 extra pounds, stopped smoking after 40 years of puffing away on a pack a day, had major surgeries on both knees (culminating in two total replacements), spinal fusion L4-5, and stopped working full-time. Now I'm focusing on getting on with my life and trying to fix as many things that I've let slide as I can. I'm looking to set up a mutual support network with some like-minded people.

In July of 2010 during a 'routine' exam, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer. In August I had surgery to remove the tumor and in September underwent internal (brachy) radiation to help ensure that it won't be coming back. Treatment went very smoothly, in large part because of the steps I had already taken to improve my total health. I went on long-term endocrine therapy to help prevent a recurrence, but side effects were so bad I went off meds entirely and am now trying to get my body back functioning smoothly.

Several years my DH of 38 years was diagnosed with vascular dementia and was sleeping 14 hours/day and lost interest in virtually everything. I tried to stay supportive without giving up MY life in its entirety, but being a 24/7 caregiver takes its toll. He died last year and I'm now exploring being on my own for the first time in 50 years (no significant other or children at home), and am looking forward to what this next phase of my life will bring..

Member Since: 4/10/2006

Fitness Minutes: 322,769

My Goals:
After losing the 60 lbs that came down out of the sky and dropped right on my hips, I regained some of it while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. I want to re-lose that excess baggage and focus on strong, not skinny.

My Program:
1. Being careful to track EVERYTHING that goes into my mouth

2. Adherring to a program of bike riding (stationary), walking, and swimming, getting in at least 60 minutes/day - NO EXCUSES . Put in time and improve performance paddling with my dragon boat team (all breast cancer survivors).

3. Get rid of whites - bread, rice, pasta, etc. and reinvent preparing healthy, balanced meals.

4. Eat real food - if it's ever been featured in a TV commercial, don't eat it.

Personal Information:
My name is Carol - I've lived in Scottsdale, AZ for the past 36 years and LOVE it. I'm 69, retired, with an understanding husband and adorable little dog at home. I have 8 grandchildren and 1 great grand (6 live locally), and need to get serious about weight loss and body fitness. I had two total knee replacements 14 months apart (3/06 and 5/07 ) and my rehab started me on this fitness quest . In July of 2010 I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. I underwent surgery and radiation and fully intend to live long enough to die of something other than cancer.

Other Information:
Don't have much time for TV, but am an avid reader (at least 2 books/week) and enjoy gardening a lot. Musical tastes run to classical and jazz, but like exercising to 60's rock. DH and I loved travel and really liked exploring our world. Since retiring, I've become a volunteer docent at the Desert Botanical Garden as a way of channeling my love of plants and gardening, and a few years ago joined a community organic gardening co-op. I paddle on a dragon boat team comprised totally of breast cancer survivors and compete with them - we win medals.

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  • v JOEGIRL6113
    Thank you for the comments on my SparkPage. Our weight loss goals were very similar and yes, we will both reach them this year. You have a lovely looking family and I think that is a great that all the grandkids believe you are the wise and wonderful! Good luck to you! Rosy
    4970 days ago
    Hi Carol !
    Linda here from the Love To Cook team, you have the most beautiful grandchildren! I am a new grama myself, my 22 yr old and his wife had their first child Nov. 9th and he is my pride and joy! I thought I would feel strange being a grama at 38, but it's wonderful ! I can see you are a terrific grandmother! Hope you had a nice week-end and glad you all enjoyed my recipe!

    4986 days ago
    Just thought I'd stop by and offer my congratulations on your weight loss success so far (and quitting smoking too!). You have clearly got what it takes to go all the way to goal!

    Your grandchildren are beautiful too, BTW.

    5019 days ago
    Hi there...I lived in Phoenix/Scottsdale for 20 years..
    I was reading your comments to the person from ISRAEL.
    I am an American who loves ethnic food. I eat hummos at least 3 times a week. I use it as a SPREAD on my sandwich (instead of mayonnaise in USA) and I also DIP FRESH RAW VEGGIES INTO IT for my afternoon snack. It is on the food List. The best in America is TRADER JOES, so I use that for my calories and so on. I also use FRESH PLAIN YOGURT with some herbs and dry onion and garlic powder as a VEGGIE DIP. I also LOVE TABULEH.. do you know what that is? What can I help you with. ? cut down on the carbs, I bring a bag of nice lettuce leaves to work and then I spread a dab of hummos on it and some sliced chicken or turkey
    to make a LETTUCE WRAP. I know you have EGGPLANT THERE...I slice it and season it and put a dab of OLIVE OIL then I grill it on my GEORGE FORMAN GRILL. I serve it wish diced tomatoes and what ever else tastes good. Sometimes I use the eggplant inside of a whole wheat tortilla with a little HUMMOS. It is FILLING and VEGETARIAN protein.

    5028 days ago
  • v JENNY1976
    I clicked on your page from Bookworms. Love your page. Love it that you have done so well with you weight loss. I'm a grandmother who loves to read (and teach it), too. I'm retired, but little kids who didn't learn to read their first year in school have a way of finding me. I'm dubbed Queen Mother. :) After cancer 10 years ago, my weight jumped to 196, so you and I are coming from about the same place, with about the same goal. Since I've not "visited" my correct weight in 10 years, I'm not sure if I'll need to go down further than 135. I battle knees and feet and high blood pressure and get so frustrated when they keep me from burning enough calories! Thanks again for sharing your story! Jenny
    5034 days ago
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